by Erin Elaine
If you read the news as much as I do, you know that the Spanish economy is having some big problems right now. It’s not as bad as Greece, but it’s still pretty bad. Unemployment is high, government debt is high. They might even begin austerity cuts, which is something that made the Greek economy even worse.
It’s all something I need to keep in the back of my mind as I prepare to move there. But I’m not going to let it scare me away. Firstly, this will be the only chance I have to go to Europe long term. Visiting anywhere for a couple weeks is totally different from living there, and I’m excited about the challenge of living there. Secondly, this is a full-time job in my field. Having a full-time job and fluency in Spanish on my resume afterwards will be a huge boost to me when I return home. Lastly, you can never grow if you stay in your comfort zone. They say goldfish will keep growing depending on what size tank you put them in. Right now I really need a bigger tank. Some people never get the chance for a bigger tank, they spend their entire lives feeling cramped in a life that isn’t what they want. So I’m going to seize this opportunity, not because I’m confident that the Spanish economy will be fine, but because I don’t know the future. I don’t know what will happen. The economy here is pretty bad too, maybe the United States’ economy will collapse before Spain’s does. Or maybe Spain’s will collapse, which will just be another learning experience. Carpe diem.